My sister has a WinXP desktop w/ 1 internal HD. We would like to back it up to a new ext HD to protect legal documents already backed up to another ext HD that is getting old. We are not sure how long before WinXP will crash the next time she boots up and organization is not her middle name, so I'm concerned we won't be able to find all the pertinent files - .docs and .jpg and.html and her email archive - scattered all over the HD. Her previous BU method was just copying over to her ext HD - she didn't use a BU program. I don't think there's a chance we could install a clone program on the old dinosaur, but I thought a clone or a disc imaging program [I'm not sure of the difference] would just get everything and we could sort thru later to ID the files we want.
She currently has a Win 8.1 laptop and I wondered if there was a program that we could take out her winxp HD and attach it via a USB cable to her laptop and clone/disk image that way. Is there such a program and do I want a clone or a disk image program? Is there some backup program that would ID and BU all user files - that would get her desktop files/folders, her outlook mail, firefox bookmarks, etc from an ext volume that doesn't require cloning if that's not possible?
Can you boot into WinXP on a 8.1 machine from an ext HD if we are able to make a bootable disc image/clone? We could partition her win 8.1 theoretically and use one partition for winxp - she doesn't have any personal files yet on the win8.1. I'm a Mac user now and neither of us are thrilled about having to read too much about 8.1 She was really disappointed in the laptop - we're not sure yet if it's a lemon. I've been carrying around a win8.1 book for months now and failing to read it.